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Navy to force protesters out of Jeju naval base site

The Navy began taking measures Saturday to drive sit-in protesters out of the construction site of a naval base on a major southern island to complete the construction project by December as planned, triggering strong resistance from the protesters.Civic groups, environmental activists and...

Updated : 2015.01.31 11:46

Top court orders retrial of English ability suicide case

A man who committed suicide after worrying about penalties he might receive at work due to his lack of English skills was the victim of an industrial accident, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.The employee of a local civil engineering company, identified by his surname Oh, killed himself in ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 22:26

Lawmaker gets jail term for bribery

A ruling party lawmaker received a jail sentence Friday for taking bribes from a railway parts supplier in exchange for business favors.The Seoul Central District Court handed down a four-year jail term and a fine of 70 million won ($64,060) to Rep. Song Kwang-ho of the Saenuri Party and o...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:50

Paying the bill for a bad public image

In South Korea, where endorsement by popular celebrities is the advertising norm, those who create trouble are increasingly having to dole out their own cash for harming the reputation of the company ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 16:22

Laws fail to address international marriage fraud

After the Ministry of Justice enacted a law to toughen the requirement for marriage brokers, international marriage agencies have lost their licenses in South Korea, causing unlicensed brokers to crop...

Updated : 2015.01.30 16:12

Police step up crackdown on voice phishing ahead of holidays

For the forthcoming Lunar New Year holiday next month, the police plan to bolster their crackdown on voice phishing amid rising worries over damages from scamming. A special task force team is being l...

Updated : 2015.01.30 16:08

Ruling party lawmaker gets jail term for bribery

A ruling party lawmaker received a jail sentence Friday for taking bribes from a railway parts supplier in exchange for business favors.The Seoul Central District Court handed down a four-year jail term and a fine of 70 million won (US$64,060) to Rep. Song Kwang-ho of the Saenuri Party and...

Updated : 2015.01.30 15:54

Father indicted for killing wife, two daughters

A 48-year-old unemployed man has been indicted on charges of murdering his wife and two young daughters, prosecutors said Friday.The man, identified only by his surname Kang, is accused of strangling his 44-year-old wife and daughters, aged 14 and 8, at his apartment in the posh district o...

Updated : 2015.01.30 15:52

Seoul city signs deal on provision of disaster info

The Seoul city government said Friday it signed an agreement with Daum Kakao Corp., the operator of the top messaging app KakaoTalk, to provide Seoul citizens with real-time information on disasters via the messenger.The service would allow subscribers to quickly and conveniently get infor...

Updated : 2015.01.30 10:41

Korean Air chief to take stand at 'nut rage' trial

The chairman of Korean Air Lines Co. was to take the stand Friday for his eldest daughter who is on trial for alleged obstruction of aviation safety for forcing a chief steward off a taxiing plane last month, court officials said.Cho Yang-ho will testify on whether the senior crew member, ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 10:07

Top court upholds acquittal of former Seoul police chief

Upholding a lower court ruling, the top court on Thursday acquitted a former Seoul police chief of charges that he soft-pedaled a police probe into a high-profile election-meddling scandal.The scandal centers around allegations that the state intelligence agency spearheaded an online smear...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:16

Korea eyes mandatory microchips for pets

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said Thursday that it was pushing for a five-year animal welfare project, under which pets would have to receive microchip implants starting next year in a bid to reduce the number of abandoned animals. Information about the pets and thei...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:11

[Herald Interview] Wheaton College chief warns about state overreach

In 2012, Wheaton College filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for requiring institutions to provide emergency contraceptive drugs to their employees. As the college waged its legal battle with ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:09

Ex-Navy chief arrested over alleged graft

A former head of the Navy was arrested Thursday over allegations that he took bribes from a shipbuilding conglomerate when he was in office seven years ago.Retired Adm. Jung Ok-geun allegedly took bribes from STX Group, a now financially troubled shipping and shipbuilding conglomerate, in ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 15:38

S. Korea sees record number of asylum seekers last year

South Korea granted refugee status to a record 94 foreigners last year, the immigration office said Thursday.According to the Korea Immigration Service under the control of the Ministry of Justice, 2,896 foreigners sought asylum in the country in 2014 and 94 of them were accepted.The numbe...

Updated : 2015.01.29 11:28